Wild Plum, Prunus Americana
The Wild Plum Tree is a deciduous tree that produces delicious edible plums. These trees look a lot like a shrub rather than a tree, and the branches are thin and covered with thorns. Wild Plum trees bloom with small, white flowers in the spring and are very beautiful to behold. The leaves are a lovely vibrant green hue, and in the fall the leaves change from green to a deep gold color. The plums that the tree produces are about half an inch in diameter and can be eaten right off the tree. They are great for making jam s and jellies as well. The plums are bright red before ripening (yellow).
Wild Plum Adapts to Soil
A wild plum tree is excellent for attracting wildlife, privacy screening, blocking the wind, or erosion control. It is an early spring bloomer, producing masses of brilliant white flowers even before its leaves have unfurled. The leaves of the tree are shiny green and fuzzy on the bottom. The red or yellow plums appear in mid-summer, and they can be eaten raw or used to make preserves, jelly, and wine. They are also sought after by wildlife, including squirrel, deer, and birds. The long branches of the tree develop into a graceful form, making it a lovely ornamental, even in winter.
Wild Plum trees are magnificent, and it will provide a family with great fruit to enjoy.
It can also thrive in a variety of different soil conditions and will even tolerate drought conditions great. When this tree is in bloom, it will give an excellent burst of color to a landscape.